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Exclusive Interview: Andrew Cross on life in Malaysia

Exclusive Interview: Andrew Cross on life in Malaysia

The lad from Leeds has lit up the junior scene in Malaysia By ALEX WAN – Squash Mad Asia Correspondent Squash Mad writer ALEX WAN interviews Andrew Cross, the lad from Leeds who brought Malaysian junior squash to new heights. In 2007, at only 21 years of age then, Andrew Cross took a bold step [...]

September 10, 2014 Alex Wan Growing the game, Interviews 0

PSA introduce new $100k tournament tier

PSA introduce new $100k tournament tier

Promoters keen to embrace new world tour event option The men’s world tour operators, PSA (Professional Squash Association), are introducing a new tournament tier with $100,000 in prize money. The PSA International 100 will come into effect immediately from September 2014, with promoters reportedly keen to upgrade existing tournaments to meet these requirements. Sitting immediately [...]

September 9, 2014 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 2

ASB hail success of Commonwealth Games doubles court

ASB hail success of Commonwealth Games doubles court

German company hope for record orders after Glasgow success Leading squash court manufacturer ASB are hoping for record orders over the coming year following the universally-acclaimed success of their courts at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland. In addition to installing six singles courts – convertible to four doubles courts – at the Scotstoun Sports [...]

September 3, 2014 Alan Thatcher Commonwealth Games, Doubles, Growing the game, News, Squash Around The World 0

Singapore players pay their own way ahead of SEA Games

Singapore players pay their own way ahead of SEA Games

Jumbo Doubles makes debut as enthusiasts raise cash for travel By ALEX WAN – Squash Mad Asia Correspondent On a Sunday afternoon where most of the local folks are out spending time with families or merely resting the last hours of their weekend, a group of players, coaches and supporters of the Singapore squash team [...]

September 2, 2014 Alex Wan Comment, Doubles, Growing the game, News, Squash Around The World 0

Hong Kong’s new courts are a glass act

Hong Kong’s new courts are a glass act

Glass Courts and The Future of Squash By ALEX WILLIAMS   Having recently visited Hong Kong to set up my Blade distribution network, and needing my thirst for squash quenched, I went back to my favourite club in the city, Hong Kong Football Club. I hadn’t been there for nearly six months, so what I [...]

September 2, 2014 Guest Contributor Comment, Growing the game, Squash Around The World 4

Cassie’s Corner: Conquering the pain of injuries

Cassie’s Corner: Conquering the pain of injuries

I feel for Nick, James, Ramy and Joelle as they battle back to peak condition Injuries unfortunately are a part of playing sport. Whether you compete socially or professionally in the back of your mind you know there is a chance that an injury may occur. It can be a 10 year old rolling her [...]

September 2, 2014 Cassie Thomas Cassie's Column, Comment, Growing the game, News 0

Thierry Lincou lands new coaching role

Thierry Lincou lands new coaching role

French former world champion leads MIT at Dover Academy  By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Thierry Lincou is teaming up with Dover Squash and Fitness to coach the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) squash team.  In a media release, the CEO of Dover Rug and Home, Mahmud Jafri, said he  was proud to announce [...]

September 2, 2014 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News, Squash Around The World 0

World Squash Day ready to rock all over the planet

World Squash Day ready to rock all over the planet

Clubs geared up to Go For It on October 18th festival of squash Squash clubs all over the world will be celebrating World Squash Day on Saturday October 18th with a stimulating and varied programme of events. World Squash Day is sanctioned and supported by the World Squash Federation, and gives clubs and federations the [...]

August 29, 2014 Guest Contributor Alan's Blog, Fun Stuff, Growing the game, News, World Squash Day 0

PSA launch three-year calendar

PSA launch three-year calendar

Promoters will need long-term sponsorship deals in place to underpin elite events The men’s PSA World Tour has announced a three-year calendar schedule restricted to eight major PSA World Series events per year. The move is designed to strengthen and protect the major events on the calendar, requiring promoters to commit to long-term agreements to [...]

August 19, 2014 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 0

Jonathon Power lands new role with Squash Canada

Jonathon Power lands new role with Squash Canada

Legend known as the McEnroe of squash to lead National Centre of Excellence Canada’s former world No.1, Jonathon Power, has been hired to lead Squash Canada’s National Centre of Excellence Program beginning this September. Power, one of the most iconic and influential names in squash worldwide, will lead the day-to-day training environment of Squash Canada’s [...]

August 19, 2014 Alan Thatcher Coaching and Development, Growing the game, News, Squash Around The World 0

Essex gets new squash academy

Essex gets new squash academy

Off the Wall Squash launch new venture at Essex army headquarters Essex has a new squash academy to rival anything in the country. An elite team of coaches and international players are setting up camp at The Garrison in Colchester in a project that will also be a major boost for junior players in the county. [...]

August 15, 2014 Lee Horton Growing the game, Squash Around The World 0

WSA sign $500,000 three-year deal with World Champs promoter

WSA sign $500,000 three-year deal with World Champs promoter

Hallmark Events Group to handle presentation and sponsorship The Women’s Squash Association (WSA) has finalised a major long-term agreement with Hallmark Events Group to stage the Women’s World Squash Championships in 2014, 2015 and 2016 – and guarantee a total prize-fund in excess of US$ 500,000. The 2014 championship will be staged from December 12-19 [...]

August 6, 2014 Alan Thatcher Comment, Growing the game, News, Squash Around The World, WSF 0

Sarah Fitzgerald and Natalie Grainger call for PSA and WSA to merge

Sarah Fitzgerald and Natalie Grainger call for PSA and WSA to merge

Stars demand a unified approach to boost the sport’s Olympic bid By Squash Mad Correspondent Two leading squash players have called for the PSA and the WSA to merge in order to boost the sport’s Olympic aspirations. Sarah Fitzgerald and Natalie Grainger (right) have revealed that talks are in progress to pursue a unified world [...]

July 10, 2014 Guest Contributor Alan's Blog, Comment, Growing the game, News, Olympics 0

Comment: I believe that squash needs a Team USA moment

Comment: I believe that squash needs a Team USA moment

Rousing World Cup patriotism should be mirrored in squash … and racquetball Hands up, who wasn’t thrilled by the performance of the USA in a magnificent World Cup battle against Belgium the other night? If goalkeeper Tim Howard stood for president against Barack Obama tomorrow, he would dive in through the front door of the [...]

July 3, 2014 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, Fun Stuff, Growing the game 2

Comment: Arjen Robben’s World Cup dive was like a triple bounce in squash

Comment: Arjen Robben’s World Cup dive was like a triple bounce in squash

Coaches can learn from the honesty of pros like Jonathan Kemp and Steve Finitsis  By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Comment My mind has been wandering this week between the wonderful sportsmanship and honesty on show in the recent Kent Open squash final and the cheating and diving on display in football’s World Cup. Dutch [...]

July 1, 2014 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, Growing the game 5